The “Naked Gun” film series helped define humor for many children of the 1980s and 1990s. Each film in the series, a spoof of police procedurals, included obnoxious humor and iconic gags. The trilogy proved a surprising hit for Paramount, which was already accustomed to the subgenre of parody. Their blockbuster picture “Airplane” would pave the way for these formidable comedies, as well as bring together the team that would make “The Naked Gun” a success.
Leslie Nielsen played the lead role in “The Naked Gun” and its sequels. It was not his first time portraying Det. Sgt. Frank Drebin; that role dates back to 1982, when “Police Squad!” introduced viewers to Drebin, who investigated a fresh crime every week. The funny outcomes included puns, parodies, references to other programs, and an opening sequence that parodied criminal television cliches. However, its run would be brief, since “Police Squad!” was canceled after only four episodes.
A few years later, creators David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker were unfazed, paving the path for the “Naked Gun” film series. Decades have passed since the premiere of the first film, but Liam Neeson will apparently play Drebin’s son in the fourth edition of the original film trilogy. Find out where you may view the “The Naked Gun” trilogy until then.
Prepare to Pay For the Movies.
Finding “The Naked Gun” films that are available for free can be difficult. No broadcast networks or ad-supported services carry the trilogy as of October 2022. Instead, consumers will need to locate the films on cable networks, purchase the film outright, or choose a rental option.
The first installment of the series, “The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!,” is available on Showtime and fuboTV. It is also available for purchase and rental on Amazon, Vudu, iTunes, and Google Play, among others. The same is true of its sequels, The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear and The Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult. Purchase and rental costs vary by service and are subject to change without prior notice.
Those who wish to complete their “Naked Gun” viewing experience may also be unable to see the original “Police Squad!” series. The ABC title is not available on any network or streaming service. A DVD set titled “The Complete Police Squad” is available at certain shops.
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